Marshals nab escaped con in $1M tax fraud

Posted: March 06, 2012

A CONVICTED tax fraud who bamboozled the U.S. government out of more than $1 million and then escaped state custody by forging his own release papers was captured yesterday by U.S. marshals in West Philadelphia.

The capture of Kevin William Small had followed an "extensive manhunt," federal authorities said.

Small, 49, had been serving the first of two 135-month sentences for swindling the IRS, a fraud he committed while in a Pennsylvania state prison.

In 2006, Small was indicted on tax-fraud and related charges for filing false tax returns.

The fraud had netted him refund checks for $5,027, $242,331, $360,776, and $435,769, according to court documents.

- Sam Wood

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